Israeli catches leopard in house

May 28, 2007 at 9:56 AM
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JERUSALEM, May 28 (UPI) -- A man in Mizpe Ramon, in the south of Israel, caught a leopard with his bare hands Monday when it entered his bedroom.

Arthur Damush, a resident of the Ben Gurion Field School, held the animal until authorities arrived to cage it and take it away for examination, the Jerusalem Post reported Monday.

Raviv Shapira, head of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority's southern district, said the leopard had been spotted by neighbors after several area cats went missing, but the incident was the first to take place inside a home, Ynetnews reported.

"Around 3 a.m., a cat ran into the house, with the leopard chasing after him. The two animals lunged into the bedroom," Shapira said.

"The homeowner who was sleeping with his wife woke up and yelled: 'Leopard!', and at first thought he was seeing things. When the leopard used its teeth to grab the cat by its neck, the homeowner pounced on it and caught it with his hands."

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